From the monthly archives:

August 2012

In an effort to further improve and refine its rider training programs, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation will release the complete peer-reviewed paper titled, “The Standards Concept for a Rider Education and Training System,” authored by Dr. Jim Heideman, MSF’s director of licensing programs, on Aug. 24, 2012. Dr. Heideman previewed this paper via an executive summary and follow-up discussion at the Second Annual MSF International Rider Education Training System Conference, held at Eastern Kentucky University this past May.

“The MSF’s mission is to create a comprehensive and relevant rider education and training system,” said MSF Vice President Robert Gladden. “We constantly strive to support riders in their pursuit of motorcycling excellence and to create a safer riding environment. While there are countless examples of MSF’s thought and action leadership, Dr. Heideman’s paper on standards answers key questions about standards related to rider education and training. We stand behind Dr. Heideman’s published works and are proud to support his continuing research.”

En route to preparing the standards for publication, Dr. Heideman assembled a team of education and training experts, and called upon their vast personal knowledge as well as their academic and professional training, to develop a document that’s more definitive than anything to date related to motorcyclist rider training in the public domain.

As a result, Dr. Heideman’s work describes the process used in the development of the MSF Rider Education and Training System Standards and details the internal and external information sources used to establish the breadth and depth of acceptable performance.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit or call (800) 446-9227.


One year after lead-law defeat: kids celebrate motocross victories

by JeffAugust 12, 2012 Uncategorized

Courtesy of the AMA PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As many as 10 national motocross champions were able to take home the prestigious AMA national No. 1 plate this month thanks to the defeat one year ago of the “lead law” that banned the sale of kid’s dirtbikes, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The 10 young riders [...]

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Much of California’s Johnson Valley riding area to be off-limits

by JeffAugust 9, 2012 Uncategorized

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Department of the Navy has released a final environmental impact statement for the expansion of a Marine base in California that calls for closing a large portion of the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Riding Area, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The preferred alternative spelled out in the final environmental impact [...]

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How dangerous are motorcycles, really?

by JeffAugust 1, 2012 Features

We’re posting this infographic without comment. It was authored by Sutliff & Stout, personal injury attorneys and sent to us by Austin, Tx. SEO firm, Tasty Placement. To view the original post, check out the original Motorcycle Accident infographic. Is there any part of these stats you would take issue with? Is this a fair [...]

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